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RFID in Shoes

A few years ago, I was working on an anti-counterfeiting project and RFID was an option under consideration. At the time, the RFID industry thinking was primarily around supply chain management, security and other tracking-related activities. However, when I realized RFID tags could be unique, some marketing opportunities clicked in my head. Imagine registering your…

Democratizing Innovation

Whenever you hear or read about innovation, it usually refers to some technical development that results in a product that is usually cheaper, faster or better than the incumbent. Disruptive innovation occurs when something much cheaper and usually initially lower quality, comes into the low end of the market as an alternative to more capable,…

Open Your Business Model

How valuable is an open business model, with an open API and an entrepreneurial mindset? Take a look at this Twitterverse graphic by Brian Solis. There are hundreds of companies that have built startups around Twitter, in 19 different categories spanning mobile applications to social CRM to search to geolocation. Suffice it to say, there…

Opportunity Knocks

It seems like everywhere you look, someone is using a smartphone of some sort. In fact, I don’t think I know anyone in New York who doesn’t have at least one; more often than not, they have two. This interesting graphic puts things in perspective; even with the spectacular growth of Android and iOS, nearly…

Augment Your Reality

Much has been said about the potential of augmented reality, the whiz-bang technology that is like a mash up of real life with super-imposed visuals. It’s kind of like a modern-day equivalent to heads up displays, which airforce pilots use to track targets and navigate. It can be used in all sorts of media, including…

The Sequel Map

Are original films always better than their sequels? The folks at BoxOfficeQuant decided to answer that age old question using objective, publicly available data – Rotten Tomatoes scores and gross domestic ticket sales. They used some simple yet effective means of displaying data and created a visualization mapping out movies and their sequels. Movies above…

Apple Eyes the Enterprise Prize

Ever since its debut nearly four years ago, enterprise mobile phone users have been snapping up the iPhone and using it much to the chagrin to IT departments around the world. Apple saw this, and added much-needed features like native Exchange support, Cisco VPN capability and remote management. These are table-stakes features today, and Apple…

Analog Multitouch

Last week, I wrote briefly about mobile interfaces influencing the web. This represents a major shift from trying to adapt heavy desktop experiences to mobile (Windows Mobile) of years gone by. We still live in a world filled with documents and printed books that are often more tedious and difficult to read than need be….

Putting Mobile First

Last summer, I came across a blog post by LukeW about a design philosophy that put mobile considerations first. For the past several years, mobile interfaces were treated somewhat like second-class webizens, often as after-thoughts to the primary traditional desktop web site. However, as mobile continues to grow in popularity and consumers’ attention shifts to…

The Facebook Obsession

Without a doubt, Facebook has become one of the most significant global phenomena in our lifetime. CNBC recently spotlighted them in a documentary that demonstrated just how far the social network has grown in size, popularity and ubiquity. Not only has it been used to connect adopted children with their birth parents, it is used…